In Pittsfield, MA Stephanie K. Lighten, 26, allegedly tried to artificially impregnate her wife Jennifer A. Lighten, 33, against her will.
Jennifer Lighten told police that her wife was “all liquored up” when she allegedly tried to use a syringe to inseminate her, and that Stephanie had been talking about trying to impregnate her for some time. According to the police report “Jennifer said that Stephanie had a ‘turkey baster and her brother’s semen in a sealed container.’ Jennifer said she told Stephanie that she didn’t want to get pregnant.” (According to police the ‘turkey baster’ was actually a large syringe with a catheter tip.)
That’s allegedly when Stephanie threw Jennifer on the couch, grabbed at her clothes and threatened to impregnate her.
Jennifer broke free, ran into the bathroom and locked the door. When Stephanie broke the bathroom door down, she hurt her wrist in the process, and Jennifer escaped when Stephanie went to get an ice pack from the freezer. Jennifer attempted to get away in the couple’s SUV and as she tried to pull away, Stephanie jumped on the side of car and made Jennifer stop. A witness at the scene claimed Stephanie “was hanging on the SUV door handle, trying to get into the car.” Police arrived at the scene and arrested a very intoxicated Stephanie Lighten outside her home.
Police then confiscated the weapon, plus a container of semen and some aluminum foil, which was originally was used to hold the semen. Nicholas Lighten, Stephanie Lighten’s brother, was the donor, according to officers.
However, Pittsfield Detective Thomas H. Harrington said Jennifer Lighten declined to go forward with any charges of assault with intent to rape, because she did not believe Stephanie was going to sexually assault her with the syringe. Stephanie K. Lighten has been charged with domestic assault and battery.
She was released on personal recognizance after denying the allegations in Central Berkshire District Court last Wednesday.
Before her release, Central Berkshire District Court Judge Rita S. Koenigs cautioned Lighten to “refrain from abuse” and to return to court for an April 29 pretrial hearing. Neither of the Lighten’s has returned LGR’s requests for comments at the time of publication. Stephanie Lighten’s MySpace page is now set to private.